Vereniging Maarten Tromp 






9e jaargang, nr. 06 dd. 24 February 2008

Aankoop/buying, verkoop/sales, nieuwbouw/newbuilding, vernoemingen/renamings, etc.

SMIT Canada sold Smit Harbour Towage Ltd., Liverpool has sold the Smit Canada (ex. Canada-07) to Tony Penalver's

T. P/ Towage Co. Ltd., Gibraltar. She has been renamed Wellington. Built by McTayMarien in Bromborough in 1980 as yard number 38, this Voith-Schneider tractor has two Ruston engines with a combined output of 2,640 bhp. Her overall measurements are 30.21m x 9.45m x 4.40m and she measures 282 tons gross. (source: Lawrence Amboldt)

Smit Grenada underway to Panama The 15th February handed over Smit Grenada departed last Thursday 21th February from the Damen Galati Yard in Rumania (yn 511531). A Redwise crew was chartered to deliver the vessel to Panama to her new owners, Smit International (Curaçao) N.V. The ASD 2810 tug (9396414) under Bahama flag with call sign C6WY4 has been built under Lloyds Register class. She has an overall length of

  1. mtrs, Beam of 10.43 mtrs and a draft of

  2. mtrs. The two Caterpillar 3516 type main engine has a power output of 1864.5 kW each what results in an bollard pull of 60 tons and a speed of 13.5 knots (source & photo: Hans van der Ster)

New Towboat from McGinnis

McGinnis Inc. of South Point, Ohio at Mile 318 on the Ohio River delivered a new towboat to sister company Excel Marine Corp. of Cincinnati Ohio with a christening ceremony at Ashland Kentucky on January 26 2008. The 75 x 27-f.t boat is the first new build for McGinnis in over 20 years. According to a report in the Ashland Daily Independent, the new vessel was named in honor of James Allen Ward III who has worked for McGinnis since 1978 and oversaw the construction of the $3.5 million vessel. Main engines on the vessel are a pair of 12-cylinder Cummins KTA 38 M1 engines each with a continuous duty rating of 1050 HP at 1800 RPM and turning 72 by 58-inch props through Twin Disc MG532 gears with 5.96:1 ratios. Cummins 6BT engines power the twin 80 kW generators sets. All engines were supplied by the area distributor Cummins Bridgeway through McGinnis Inc. who are a part of the Cummins dealer and service network. McGinnis Inc. has 35 boats in their fleet. (source: Marinelink)

Tug Everlast anchors in Portland Harbor

The Canadian tug Everlast was anchored in Portland Harbor, Maine, for inspection on Friday after a pump room on the barge it was pushing caught fire Thursday night. While anchored, the 400-foot double-hulled barge was evaluated by a Coast Guard marine inspector and Portland Fire Department officials to determine the extent of the damage caused by the fire. Steps were taken to move the tug and barge to the Portland Ocean Gateway terminal for additional repairs to the installed firefighting systems late Friday evening. “The Portland Fire Department was outstanding in accurately assessing the potential for the fire reflashing and helping to craft an appropriate response strategy to this casualty,” said Capt. Jim Rendon, commander of CG Sector Northern New England. The Coast Guard and the Canadian Transportation Safety Board are working together to look into the cause of the fire.

(source: Marinelink)

Panama XIV for Balboa The Z-tech 6000 type tug “Panama XIV” with 60 tons bollard pull, built on the Hin Lee (Zhuhai) Shipyard Co.Ltd. at Jiangmen; China, a subsidiary of the well known Hong Kong based Cheoy Lee Shipyard Ltd. Sailed with a Redwise crew from Hong Kong to her operations base at Balboa in Panama. (source: Redwise)

Two new tugs for TMM Mexico

The two new building Robert Allen design type Rampart 3200 tugs TMM Tepalcates (9410698) and TMM Cuyutlan delivered to her owners and built at the Eregli Yard Shipyard MedYilmaz under yard

New tug for Oakarshamn Oskarshamn Harbour Board in south-west Sweden has acquired the Stig (ex. Harald-94, ex. Uttern69) from the port authority in Halmstad. She is being re-named OSCAR. 2,640 bhp. Ruston engine, 220 tons gross, 29.06m x 9.00m xc 3.91m. Built by Cochrane & Sons, Selby (yard number 1515) as the Uttern for Malmö Bogser A/B, Malmö, transferred to Gothenburg Towage & Salvage Co. in 1969 and renamed Harald. The Harald was sold by Scantugs, Gothenburg to Yxpila Hinaus Bogsering, Yxpila (Messrs. Backström & Krokfors) in 1987, but her name was kept. In 1994 she was sold to Halmstad Harbour Board and re-named Stig. The OSCAR is to replace the Lars (ex. Hero-99), another former Gothenburg tug (1,050 bhp. 143/65). (source: Lawrence Amboldt)

Smit Ticuna delivered

The Smit Rebras Robert Allen design Rampart 2500 tug “SMIT Ticuna” has been delivered to het owners on 6th February. The 45 ton bollard pull tug will join her sisters SMIT Tupi, SMIT Tuxa and SMIT Tora for port operation in the Brazilian port of Santos. An other eight will follow this year. (source: SMIT)

New simulator for SMIT

February 22, 2008 Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) has announced that a new simulator, built for vessel operator SMIT, was installed at SMIT's main office in Rotterdam last week. Said MARIN: "The simulator will be used for training and education of SMIT's tug captains. The configuration consists of an instructor station, a large and a small bridge simulator. With this two captains can be trained simultaneously." A working group at SMIT has been working on a traning package and curriculum. The simulator is fitted with various ship models, and can be used to train seagong personnel on ASD tugs, PSVs, and larger sea-going vessels.

KBV 001 Launched

On Wednesday 20th February the launching of the “KBV 001” took place at the Damen Shipyard in Galatz – Rumania. Naming of the “KBV 001” for the Swedish Coast Guard (Kustbevakningen) was given by Godmother Mrs Christina Salomonson. After the launching a ceremonial start of cutting the steel of the “KBV 003” was hold at the Shipyards construction hall. (source & photo: Hans van der Ster) Eastern Shipbuilding launches ATB tugEastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. recently launched the Galveston, an ABS classed 150 ft x 46 ft x 27 ft ATB Ocean Going Tug at its Allanton facility in Panama City, Fla. The Galveston is being constructed for U.S. Shipping Partners, L.P. of Edison, N.J. along with two sister ships. The Galveston is the first of three ABS Classed 150 ft ATB tugs currently under construction at Eastern's Allanton facility. The vessel is designed and engineered by Guarino & Cox of Covington, LA and is classed under the American Bureau of Shipping rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels Under 90 meters in length. This series of 150 ATB tugs offers several unique design features including an articulated tug and barge (ATB) connection system provided by INTERCON.

The vessel is capable of operating on heavy fuel oil as well as No. 2 marine diesel fuel oil. To operate the tug while on heavy fuel oil, a thermal oil heating system has been installed with heavy fuel oil pumps and thermal oil piping all provided by S-Man/American United Marine. The 12,000 HP heavy fuel oil propulsion package is provided by Wartsila Marine as a single source supplier and consists of two Wartsila 9L32 main engines, two reduction gears, two 155 inch LIPS/Wartsila controllable pitch propellers (CPP) with installed in Kort nozzles and twin high lift rudders. Electrical power is provided by two Wartsila Marine 500 kW shaft generators, one Volvo Penta/Wartsila Marine 350 kW heavy fuel generator and one Volvo Penta/Wartsila Marine 150 kW heavy fuel generator emergency generator. The vessel has the following capacities:

Heavy Fuel Oil 225,700 US Gallons; Diesel Fuel Oil 27,800 US Gallons Fresh Water 18,400 US Gallons Ballast Water 124,000 US Gallons Accommodations 17 persons The Galveston will be paired up with a 160,000 barrel barge due to be delivered later this year.

(source: Marinelog)

Bollinger Algiers completes tug conversion

Bollinger Algiers, L.L.C. a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. facility, has completed the conversion of the Crescent Towing tug Admiral Jackson, from a single engine vessel to a 4,200 hp twin-engine docking/assist tug with 100,000 lb bollard pull. It is the fifth of eight Crescent Towing 105-foot sister ships to undergo the same major conversion at Bollinger's Algiers facility. The Admiral Jackson, ex Glenn Smith, began its renovation and life extension with a total redesign of the vessel, including wheel house, stern section and propulsion system.

Reintjes 4 to 1 reduction gears, driving the 85

inch Bollinger stainless steel propellers in 86

inch type 37 kort nozzles with stainless steel

inner rings. The rudders are at a 45 degree

angle for better maneuverability. Bollinger

reconstructed the Admiral Jackson’s

wheelhouse with improved window placement

and low profile stacks for maximum visibility

and installed a new electronics package that

included radars, GPS, depth,sounders, hailers,

The existing engine was replaced with two 228 General Electric 8 cylinder engines, coupled to VHF radios, fax machines, sound powered telephones, as well as fuel emergency shut off systems, and remote control start and stops for the main engines. New fendering was installed for maximum protection during docking maneuvers, and new galley and living area furnishings focused on crew comfort, with new air conditioning and heater systems. With the installation of the new propulsion system, the ADMIRAL JACKSON received new channel coolers, Coast Guard approved oily-water separators, new sanitary systems and all regulatory documents were renewed. Prior to the commencement of the Admiral Jackson’s conversion, Bollinger Algiers successfully converted the Florida, Louisiana, Ned Ferry and G. Shelby Friedrichs, Crescent single screw tugs, re-powering each to twin screw with similar renovation and life extension. All are part of the Crescent fleet of docking/assist tugs servicing the shipping community on the lower Mississippi River. (source : MarineLog)

Tugboat Svitzer Korsakov Still Kept by Pirates in Mogadishu The tugboat Svitzer Korsakov with Russian-British team aboard is still kept by pirates in Mogadishu, Somalia, the chairman of the Vladivostok Branch of the Russian Seafarers’ Union Yuri Kurnakov told Vostok Media. He says “there is no any trustworthy information about the captured seamen.” The situation is even more complicated as the age of the tugboat’s captain is 70 years, chief engineer – 67 that may negatively affects their health in case of long captivity. The ship owner Svitzer Wijsmuller Sakhalin doesn’t comment on the situation. The information about whether the seamen have insurance or not or who signed them is also unavailable as the tugboat stays under the flag of a foreign state. Svitzer Wijsmuller Sakhalin doesn’t reply to the official inquiries. Instead of that the company tries to find out who of the seamen working in the company are members of the Russian Seafarers’ Union. Lots of questions arise: why did the vessel, provided for work near shore, follow the route through the ocean without any escort, why it doesn’t stick to the recommendation of the International Maritime Organization – going at 200 miles distance off the Somali shore, how will the vessel be freed? The Malacca Strait riving with pirates was on the way of the tugboat. “The Russian Federation should more actively stand upon protection of its citizens,”- Yuri Kurnakov says. (source :

Conrad Signs Contracts for the construction of Two tugs

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the signing of contracts for the construction of two additional 98’, Z-Tech 7500 Class Terminal/Escort Tugs, similar to the four others which are currently under construction at our Orange Shipbuilding facility. (source : Marinelink)

Smit Lumba launched

The Smit Lumba, being Keppel Nantong Shipyard "Hull 321" will be launched today 22nd Feb at 1408hrs LT (source: Roger Lim)

Swissco secures contracts worth S$6.4 million in Middle East

Swissco International Ltd has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Swissco Offshore Pte Ltd, has recently secured 12-month contracts worth S$6.4 million for two of its new offshore support vessels to work in the Middle East. The two vessels are recent deliveries into the Group’s fleet, and have immediately found employment in the booming Middle East region for a minimum of 12 months, with potential for further extension of the contracts. “We are pleased with our fleet renewal strategy. Our new vessels with multi-role capabilities are coming on-stream steadily and meeting the high demand from the industry. Despite the recent turbulence in the financial sector, we still expect demand for our vessels. We will continue to study the industry’s requirements and order more vessels towards meeting our clients’ needs,” said Alex Yeo, CEO of Swissco. The Group is expected to take delivery of 13 vessels in 2008 and five vessels in 2009. (source: OSO)

Seacor Marine Christens First Crewzer Class Vessel

SEACOR Marine LLC christened its first CrewZer Class vessel, the Seacor Cheetah, in Galveston, Texas. Joyce McCall, wife of nearly fifty years to offshore industry pioneer Norman McCall, acted as the vessel's sponsor in recognition of her life-long contribution to the McCall legacy. The Seacor Cheetah was designed to provide customers a faster and more stable delivery platform than the industry standard. After examining various hull types, Seacor chose the Catamaran's twin-hull design for its ability to reach top speeds in excess of 40 knots while increasing passenger comfort and safety. The Seacor Cheetah enables logistics managers to establish efficient loop-style routes between high-traffic platforms and shore-base operations. Following an evaluation of several personnel transfer methods, Seacor selected Reflex Marine to develop the 9-person FROG personnel transfer system. Built at Gulf Craft shipyard, the Seacor Cheetah is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, communications and navigation systems. Its DP-2 rating, combined with its wide, stable work deck allows the vessel to hold station in weather conditions where other vessels simply could not work. (source: Marinelink)

Expansion pays off for Hornbeck Offshore

Fleet expansion and favorable market conditions saw Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) report results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007 that included:

  • Q4 2007 revenues increased 55% from Q4 2006

  • Q4 2007 new generation OSV effective dayrates increased 23% over Q4 2006

  • Q4 2007 OSV operating income increased 92% over Q4 2006

  • Q4 2007 diluted EPS was 56% higher than Q4 2006

  • Annual 2007 revenues increased 23% over annual 2006

• Annual 2007 diluted EPS increased 30% over annual 2006 The company says the primary reasons for the increase in revenues, operating income, EBITDA and net income were the incremental contribution of recently acquired and newly constructed vessels and favorable market conditions for both segments of its business. OSV Segment. Revenues from the offshore supply vessel ("OSV") segment were $72.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2007, an increase of 83.7% from $39.3 million for the same period in 2006. OSV operating income nearly doubled to $32.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2007 from $17.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2006. The OSV revenues and operating income increase was primarily due to the full-quarter contribution from twenty OSVs (the "Sea Mar Fleet") acquired in August 2007 from affiliates of Nabors Industries, Ltd. and a market-driven increase in new generation OSV effective dayrates of approximately $3,700. Average OSV dayrates for the fourth quarter of 2007 improved 15.3%, or $2,963 per day, to $22,315 compared to $19,352 for the same period in 2006. OSV utilization was 90.4% for the fourth quarter of 2007 compared to 84.9% during the same period in 2006. Hornbeck Offshore attributes the increases in utilization and dayrates to favorable market conditions for new generation OSVs in the deepwater and ultra-deepwater U.S. Gulf. Tug and Tank Barge Segment. Revenues from the tug and tank barge ("TTB") segment of $28.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2007 increased by $2.8 million, or 10.8%, compared to $26.0 million for the same period in 2006. This revenue increase was primarily related to the full-quarter contribution of the Energy 6506 and a partial-quarter contribution from the Energy 6507, two double- hulled tank barges delivered under the company's second TTB newbuild program in August 2007 and November 2007, respectively. Average TTB dayrates rose $1,656 to $18,455 from $16,799 in the fourth quarter of 2006. Utilization in the TTB segment for the fourth quarter of 2007 was 87.1% compared to 92.4% in the prior-year quarter. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2007 was up 15.7% to $8.1 million, or 28.0% of revenues, compared to operating income for the fourth quarter of 2006 of $7.0 million, or 26.9% of revenues, excluding the $1.5 million gain on sale of an ocean-going tug in October 2006. Recent Development On February 20, 2008, the Hornbeck Offshore completed its plans to increase the $100.0 million borrowing base of its existing senior secured revolving credit facility to $250.0 million, the maximum amount of its "accordion" feature. As required by the September 2006 credit agreement, the company posted 16 additional OSVs as collateral. While presently undrawn, the expanded credit facility is expected to fund, during the peak of its aggregate construction draw schedule, a portion of the company's on-going newbuild and conversion programs. Any such draw is projected to be repaid in full by the end of the construction cycle in 2010. Capital Expenditures Outlook Hornbeck Offshore expects total maintenance capital expenditures for the full-year 2008 to be approximately $68.3 million, including approximately $24.6 million of nonvessel related expenditures primarily related to the shore-base adjacent to HOS Port.. Update on MPSV Program. In January 2008, Hornbeck Offshore closed on its acquisition of the shipyard contract for the Superior Achiever, a T-22 class DP-3 new generation multi-purpose support vessel ("MPSV") and related owner-furnished equipment, from Superior Offshore International, Inc. The company's MPSV program now consists of two U.S.-flagged coastwise sulfur tankers being converted in a domestic shipyard into 370 class DP-2 new generation MPSVs and two newbuild T-22 class DP-3 new generation MPSVs, including the Superior Achiever, that are being constructed in a foreign shipyard. These four MPSVs are expected to be placed in service on various dates in 2008 and 2009. The first converted DP-2 MPSV is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2008 and the second converted DP-2 MPSV is expected to be delivered in late-2008 or early-2009. The first newbuild DP-3 MPSV is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the second newbuild DP-3 MPSV is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2009. The aggregate cost for MPSV program, inclusive of the Superior Achiever, is expected to be approximately $450.0 million. From the inception of this program through December 31, 2007, the company has incurred $145.9 million, or 32.4%, of total project costs, including $22.7 million incurred during the fourth quarter of 2007. Update on OSV Newbuild Program No. 4. In January 2008, the company expanded its fourth OSV newbuild program to include two additional 240 ED class OSVs. This program now consists of vessel construction contracts with three domestic shipyards to build six proprietary 240 ED class OSVs, nine proprietary 250 EDF class OSVs and one 285 class new generation OSV. These 16 new generation OSVs are expected to be placed in service on various dates from 2008 to 2010. The first vessel is expected to be placed in service in the second quarter of 2008 with the remaining vessels to be delivered at a rate of one or two per quarter through 2010. The company's current guidance assumes an average number of new generation OSVs of 37 to 38 vessels in service for 2008. The aggregate cost for the fourth OSV newbuild program, including the recently announced additional vessels, is expected to be approximately $393.0 million. From the inception of this program through December 31, 2007, the company has incurred $93.6 million, or 23.8%, of total project costs, including $38.4 million incurred during the fourth quarter of 2007. Update on TTB Newbuild Program No. 2. The company's second TTB newbuild program consists of vessel construction contracts with three domestic shipyards to build three 60,000-barrel double-hulled tank barges and retrofit four 3,000 horsepower ocean-going tugs that were purchased in July 2006. During the second half of 2007, the company delivered four vessels under this program. The newbuild tank barge, Energy 6506, and the retrofitted ocean- going tug, Michigan Service, were placed in service in the third quarter of 2007. The retrofitted ocean-going tug, Huron Service, and the newbuild tank barge, Energy 6507, were placed in service in the fourth quarter of 2007. The retrofitted oceangoing tug, Superior Service, and the newbuild tank barge, Energy 6508, are expected to be placed in service by the end of the first quarter of 2008. The final retrofitted ocean-going tug, Erie Service, is expected to be delivered during the second quarter of 2008. The company estimates the aggregate cost of its second TTB newbuild program to be approximately $77.0 million. From the inception of this program through December 31, 2007, the company has incurred $69.0 million, or 89.6%, of total project costs, including $8.1 million incurred during the fourth quarter of 2007. (source: Marinelog)